What is antibiotic resistance?
Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to survive or grow in the presence of the antibiotics that are meant to kill them. This resistance makes infections harder to treat and increases the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death.
Why is antibiotic resistance a global concern?
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can spread from place to place and can move from veterinary hospitals to homes, pass between pets and humans, and back again. This is a big issue because, against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the effectiveness of antibiotics gets weak. Therefore, antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective leading to more difficult-to-treat infections. We must use them carefully, or they'll become ineffective.
How can we help fight antibiotic resistance?
To prevent antibiotic resistance, it's crucial to use antibiotics only as directed by the vet. Maintaining high hygiene standards at the vet's clinic is essential as well. We can all contribute by using antibiotics only when needed, as instructed, and for the appropriate period.
Keeping the Vet Informed:
A follow-up appointment is crucial when antibiotics are prescribed for pets. It allows us to update the vet on the pet's progress.
Re-Examination for Better Care:
The vet might want to re-examine the pet during this visit. This helps to determine whether the infection is improving as expected. If not, adjustments can be made to the treatment plan.
Addressing Questions and Concerns:
Chances are we have more questions about pet's condition. This follow-up appointment offers an extra opportunity to find answers. No question is too small, so we should not hesitate to ask.